What is Marriage "Coaching"?
The word "coaching" uses a metaphor from the sports community, where coaching is an established activity.
No team of athletes would consider trying to reach excellence without a coach. Coaching is a part of the team's success.
Life & Relationship Coaches have helped thousands of people across our country in developing themselves personally and professionally. Accordingly, there are many who have had long-term successful marriages. These "marriage professionals" can impart into other couples the skills and experiences that have made them successful in their relationships. Thus, relationship and marriage coaches assist couples in developing a healthy, strong, vibrant relationship and marriage.
Psychotherapy tends to focus on issues of pathology, healing and unresolved psychological issues of the past. Coaching, however, begins with the present and assists people in setting very clear and specific goals that they want to achieve in the future and holding them accountable to the actions they determine or identify as appropriate.
While the past may be discussed on occasion, it is addressed in the context of discovering what is blocking the person from moving forward and developing the close and connected relationship they seek. The focus is on movement and taking action, not merely on insight or understanding.
Coaches are seen as people with a set of skills they use to support and encourage people to achieve their goals. A coach can be seen as a partner to help maintain momentum and progress towards a successful goal.